North Beach Festival May Have to Move or Go Home

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Pamla J. Eisenberg
    A scene of North Beach.

    The growing North Beach Festival may have to shrink in size. Or move.

    The annual outdoor weekend arts and crafts festival draws thousands of people every year to San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.

    But things have been changing in recent years for the festival. Organizers had to double security at this year's event in June because of larger crowds but next year, they may have to confine the festival to the northbound lanes of Columbus Avenue, instead of using Washington Square Park.

    That's because event organizers want to restore the Italian-heritage to the festival and avoid the $23,000 cost of getting a permit to use the park. 

    The price of a permit has gone up considerably in recent years because of the care the park requires after the event.